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How to Update Magento 2 Product Attributes in Bulk?

Every eCommerce business has to deal with different challenges at one point or another when it comes to inventory management. One of them comes from the management and updates of product attributes - The lifeblood of a brand.

Maintaining accurate and up-to-date product data makes sure your whole system works effectively and efficiently over time. Still, for those with large product quantities, updating product attributes is indeed a daunting task.

To help you deal with this issue, this post’s focus is on how to update product attributes for multiple products in Magento 2.

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Update product attributes in mass and benefits

Like many regular online shoppers, we tend to search for products with attributes fitting our very specific needs. Under strategic marketing’s perspective, product attributes vary according to the characteristics of different market segments and campaigns.

If a shopper can’t find or doesn’t feel interested in your product attributes, there’s a high chance they will leave your site for other options. Thus, the updates of product attributes are unavoidable to suit customers’ search for different periods of time.

For large businesses with thousands of products, the update is not that easy. As a result, the ability to update product attributes in bulk plays a vital part in a company’s management system:

  • Reduce the workload of the admin on updating characteristics of multiple products

  • Control precisely the update process so that the admin can avoid unnecessary mistakes, improve the store’s performance and increase sales efficiency

Limitations of the mass actions in Magento 2 Default

Just by looking at the massive user community, Magento itself is recognized as one of the top eCommerce solutions for fast-growing businesses. Still, by default, it comes with certain limitations in terms of inventory management.

One of them is the restrictions on updating information on multiple products at the same time. So far, Magento Default doesn’t support mass actions on updating product attributes at the back.

The Action’s drop-down list in Magento 2 Default
The Action’s drop-down list in Magento 2 Default

For all the products on the Product grid, you can only perform the following mass actions:

  • Delete

  • Change status

  • Assign/ Unassign Inventory Source

  • Transfer Inventory to Source

You can’t change the product attributes (like color, size, weight, etc.) in bulk. Plus, it’s also impossible to perform mass action on product price, images, categories, and so forth. This limitation can lead to a lot of problems and difficulties when it comes to inventory management.

Why should you have a Magento 2 Mass Product Action?

Due to the Magento 2 Default limitation, you definitely need an extension allowing you to perform many more actions for multiple products. A supportive module developed especially for Magento 2 users brings back higher efficiency of catalog management.

The Action’s drop-down list when using Mageplaza’s Mass Product Actions
The Action’s drop-down list when using Mageplaza’s Mass Product Actions

Not only limited to updating product attributes in bulk, a Mass Product Actions extension like one of Mageplaza also provides merchants with many more options, such as:

  • Quickly update product prices/ images in mass

  • Mass update related products, inventory, and attribute set

  • Easily group multiple products to cross-sell and up-sell via simple actions right at the product grid

  • Mass action to copy custom options from other products

These features are effective in helping a Magento store’s admin get away from repeated tasks, improve customers’ experience and gain more sales.

Mass Product Actions for Magento 2 by Mageplaza

Typically, you will have to download and install the Magento 2 Mass Product Actions module before configuring it at the store’s backend. Mageplaza does offer Magento users 2 module versions for the Magento Community and Magento Enterprise.

Mageplaza Catalog Permissions for Magento 2
Mageplaza Catalog Permissions for Magento 2

Along with that, 3 primary benefits eCommerce merchants get when using the Mass Product Actions are:

  • 60-day money back

  • Lifetime update

  • 365-day support

Step 1: Configure the Mass Product Actions at the backend

Activate the module from the Magento store’s backend
Activate the module from the Magento store’s backend
  • Once the installation process is completed, log in to the Admin Panel

  • Go to Stores > Configuration > Mageplaza > Mass Product Actions

  • Expand the General section and set Enable = Yes to activate the extension

  • Next, go down to the Select Action table right below the Enable field. Here you can choose amongst 11 actions that you will use for product updates. You can also turn all actions on this field.

The Select Actions table
The Select Actions table

The best thing about Mageplaza’s Mass Product is that you can even set the priority of Actions that are shown on the Grid from 0 to 10. The smaller the number is, the higher priority that action gets.

Step 2: Update Magento 2 Product Attributes in bulk

Quick Attributes Update in bulk

Quick Attributes Update in mass
Quick Attributes Update in mass
  • On the left sidebar, navigate to Catalog > Products

  • Click on the checkbox to choose multiple products that you want to update the product attribute value

  • Move your mouse to the top-left corner to the Actions field

  • From the Actions field’s drop-down menu, select Quick Attributes Update

Quick Attributes Update option
Quick Attributes Update option
  • Now, click to the checkboxes of attributes requiring changes

  • Each attribute chosen will come with an editable field at the bottom of the pop-up

  • Change the value of product attribute to your need

  • Click Submit after finishing all your changes to the selected attributes

Change the Attribute Set of multiple products

The process goes the same as when you update attributes of multiple products at the same time. All you need to do is:

Change Attribute Set option
Change Attribute Set option
  • Click on the checkboxes of all products you want to make changes

  • On the Action’s drop-down menu, choose Change Attribute Set

  • Set the Attribute Set field to your wanted value

  • Click on the Submit button to save the change

All the selected products will instantly update their Attribute Set value to what you have set before.

Read more: Quickly Update Bulk Products by Mass Product Actions

The bottom line!

Needless to say, manually updating attribute values takes a store’s admin so much time and effort. As an e-retailer, you can definitely save a lot of time with a Magento 2 module for Mass Product Actions.

Hopefully, this post can be helpful in your journey with Magento 2. For any questions, do let us know in the comment.

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